Simple, but Profound Home Entryway Renovation Tips

Simple, but Profound Home Entryway Renovation Tips


One of the first impressions visitors get when stepping in your home is your entranceway. When nicely decorated, this section of your home can do more to invite your guests to step inside than what the requisite “welcome mat” can do.

Entranceway Enhancements

You can choose the simple or the elaborate to renovation project to make your entranceway shine. That means working with existing materials or bringing in a new ideas including the following:

Front door — All across Europe, but most notable in Ireland, a home’s front door allows homeowners to personalize the entranceway to give it a look that is at once beautiful as it is unique. In colder climates, many homes offer a storm door which can include screens for warmer months. Consider how a storm door might detract from your entranceway door if anything less than a full glass unit is put in place.

Lighting — Step inside of the entranceway and you will be greeted with light. Beyond a simple lighting fixture, this is where you can make a positive first impression to your visitors by carefully choosing a fixture that enhances this section of your house. A chandelier is unquestionably the grandest fixture you can choose, with many styles, sizes and lighting choices. Big, bulky chandeliers are suitable for grand manses while smaller, lighter chandeliers look great almost everywhere. Choose one with a motorized lift, making it much easier for you to clean and maintain your lights.

Colors — Do you prefer bright and cheery or more subtle hues? Choose your colors wisely, taking into consideration the artwork you’ll be placing on the walls. Work with your natural and artificial lighting to find the right tones for your entranceway.

Decorative mirror — No entranceway is complete without the requisite decorative mirror. Everyone expects one and you’ll give your guests the opportunity to primp and pamper themselves before setting foot in the rest of your house. Decorative mirrors can be as simple as a small wood framed eye level mirror to a more elaborate unit on a pedestal with hat and coat rack attached.

Artwork — Show off your taste in art by carefully choosing pictures or photographs and linking these along both walls. Contrast your selection with the colors of your walls and strategically place each artwork to give it the attention deserved. Consider using one theme throughout, such as aviary pictures to express your love of nature.

Flooring — Wood floors offer an elegant appeal and with a center entrance rug, can accentuate your room. Some considerations are the type of floor covering you will choose and whether it is fixed or removal. Your welcome mat is for the outside of the house, but a similar “dust off” section of carpeting should be on the inside, and located just before your most elegant carpeting.

Avoiding Clutter

Keep in mind that clutter just doesn’t work in an entranceway. If you have an entranceway closet, place the umbrella stand inside of it. Get rid of the coat rack and avoid placing anything on the floor that is an accident just waiting to happen.


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